The Snap Swivel: Story, Swap, Contest

Discussion in 'Fly Swaps' started by Ed Call, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. Ralphie

    Ralphie Mike Ralph

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    Ed,
    If slot #12 is open, count me in. I haven't tied many flies in the past couple years, so this may be exactly what I need to disguise my flaws. I assume we can pick the swivel size?
     
  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Ralphie, good to hear from you and glad to add you to spot number twelve.
    We are FULL, get to tying folks. Maybe we can get some of us together for an on the water face to face and fish once done.
    Please get them done on time. Let me know what your thoughts are for a date/time/location to meet and empty a glass or drown a swivel fly.
     
  3. Rob Ast

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    I have begun playing as well. Trying to decide between a traditional safety snap swivel which has the big plate (for locking the snap) that seems to get in the way of everything, or a swivel with a coastlock snap that would require modifying the end of the snap to the point where it would be no longer lockable.

    On another note, seeing as this was inspired by long-ago fishing for bluegills I thought I would tie a smaller pattern, perhaps a beetle or water-boatman.
     
  4. Rob Ast

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    OK, floating patterns wont work. Perhaps my old standby, the camo-willy.
     
  5. Whit

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    sooo upon unlocking the snap I see that there is very little in the way of gape in the "hook"... has anyone messed around with crimping down the snap holder in order to expose our little hook a bit better?
     
  6. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Well, my dad bent mine to look more hook-like which opened the gap up some. Then again, I never caught one with the snap swivel but now that Ed has dusted off old memories, I'm itching to try again! I've still got to go buy some as I've been out of town but I've been wondering if a more symmetrical pattern might be best so I might start with something that almost looks the same in any orientation.
     
  7. Rob Ast

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    Well, two rough goes. A Camo willy and a beatle/back-swimmer (sinks, but foam give a nice up/down wiggle with a strip) with a copy of the original swivel (note the lack of snap plate on the coastlock snap). Length from front of barrel to rear of loop is about 1".
    View attachment 34726
     
  8. Josh Smestad

    Josh Smestad aka Mtnwkr

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    Here's a shot of the first few swivel spiders. I'm pretty confident I can bring in a cutty on one of these.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Josh Smestad

    Josh Smestad aka Mtnwkr

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    Looks good Rob.
     
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    lack of a snap plate... nice... I think I might just fold the plate down a bit as long as it doesn't stress the metal too much... I hope no one lays into a huge fish with these... I can see the snap bending straight already :eek:
     
  11. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

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    Wow, you guys are amazing! Those are great!
     
  12. JesseC

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    If any of these catch fish then I am throwing out all of my flies and switching back to bass lures and a gear pole.

    Too funny. Great story and idea.
     
  13. Ralphie

    Ralphie Mike Ralph

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    Here's my first attempt. I call it Ralphie's Hare's Ear Nymph. It's pretty simple, but I think it would catch trout. I decided to keep the barrel exposed because it was too bulky, plus it looks more like a bead head. I found these barrel swivels with a round snap that makes a good hook. I'll keep working on it...
     
  14. Ed Call

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    Ralphie, nice.

    How we doing gang? Just over two weeks until these hit my hands. I'll send my address out soon, if you don't get it soon enough let me know.
     
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    Ed, I have to bail on this one. Too in the weeds with work and second job. Sorry man. Besides, my ass still burns..damn Pizza Hut, you prix.
     
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    Ed - Are you going to fill fodf's slot up, or do you want just want 11 flies now?
     
  17. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Unless someone is itching to get into fodf's spot let's roll with the eleven we have. With two weeks to go it would take a motivated person to jump in now and make the deadline. Sound good?
     
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    I will probably just send you the extra so you can catch more whitefish :D
    not that I can say much... in my few times fishing for steelies this year I have caught a bass, a whitefish, and been skunked
     
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    This woolly bugger with a leach head might catch someone a shoe.... or something... I will be happy to return to a hook that has a set width in the body... although it is interesting to see the body be able to move and bend...

    View attachment 34889
     
  20. Rob Ast

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    Just as an FYI, since it appears there may be a few streamers I have elected to go with my beetle pattern.
     

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